Review Of Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant (New West)

Robert EllisStark, sullen and heartfelt, the newest record from Texas native Robert Ellis is a testament to the power of words. In the tradition of revered songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark and more modern writers like Ryan Adams, Ellis’ lyrics help to paint vivid pictures throughout each of this record’s 11 songs. Although the twang in his voice will see some listeners categorize him as a country singer, the passion that Ellis brings to tracks like Bottle Of Wine, Steady As The Rising Sun and his cover of Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years eliminates the need of musical categorization.